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The cast of Noises Off.
Photo by Trudie Lee
- By Michael Frayn, Directed by Mark Bellamy
What typically goes on behind the scenes? Witness a group of actors humorously navigate their rehearsal just hours before performing British sex comedy “Nothing On.” This is an exhilarating farce with banter that will have you laughing until it hurts and wondering if you’ve ever seen so many sardines. Often referred to as one of the best farces ever written, Noises Off is witty and elegant, striking comedic-gold with unlimited energy and precise timing.
- Director Mark Bellamy
- Set & Lighting Design Anton de Groot
- Costume Design Deitra Kalyn
- Voice & Dialect Coach Jane MacFarlane
- Flight Director Karl H. Sine
This established British comedy is the perfect way to start the season. The play is quite relatable to anyone who has been a part of the cast or crew of a production. And for those who haven’t, it’s an exaggerated glimpse at what can go wrong when bringing a play to life.Stafford Arima
Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald
A madcap look behind the scenes of theatre...Theatre Calgary’s version is infectious once you let it take hold of you.
Caroline Russell-King, The YYSCENE
A great cast, director make Theatre Calgary's farce Noises Off a real crowd pleaser
Cast and Creative Team
For Theatre Calgary: Twelfth Night, Blow Wind High Water, King Lear, One Man, Two Guvnors (Betty Mitchell nomination), Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town (Betty Mitchell Award), Major Barbara, A Christmas Carol (2011).
Select Theatre Credits Include: Waiting For Godot (Black Radish Theatre): Deathtrap, The 39 Steps, Wait Until Dark, The Hollow, Calamity Town, The Game’s Afoot, Murder on the Nile, The Mousetrap, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Vertigo); Benefit (Calgary Critic’s Choice Award), The Dishwashers (Downstage); The Merchant of Venice, The Three Musketeers (Stratford Festival); ZORRO: Family Code (Betty Mitchell nomination), Vincent in Brixton, playRites ‘08, Unity: 1918, Treasure Island (ATP); Blood: A Scientific Love Story (Sage). Film/Television credits include: Horses Of McBride (CTV); Hell On Wheels (AMC); Wynonna Earp (Sci-Fi); Heartland (CBC). Tyrell is a core founding member of Black Radish Theatre.
For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2018), Twelfth Night, The Shoplifters, Pride & Prejudice.
Elsewhere: The 39 Steps, Wait Until Dark, The Mousetrap, The Game’s Afoot, Vintage Hitchcock, and Gaslight (Vertigo); Slipper: A Distinctly Calgarian Cinderella Story (ATP); Macbeth (The Shakespeare Company); Book Club and Book Club 2 (Lunchbox); Sextet, Lungs, and The Wolves (Verb Theatre); Tomorrow’s Child (Ghost River); In The Wake (Downstage/Calgary Children’s Festival). Anna has been nominated for numerous theatrical awards and has been lucky enough to take a few home. Thank you to Craig, Olive, and Aubrey for all their love and support.
For Theatre Calgary: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Timothy Findley’s The Wars, A Christmas Carol (2000, 2006, 2007), The Cripple of Inishmaan, Macbeth, Counsellor-at-Law, Dangerous Corner, Candida.
For almost 30 years Christian has worked across Canada, the US, and abroad, as an actor, director, musician, writer, and teacher. He has worked extensively at major theatres including Theatre Calgary, ATP, Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, Hit and Myth, The Citadel Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Globe Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, Ground Zero, Stage West, TNB, and twice toured throughout the UK with Ghost River Theatre. He has been featured in numerous films and network television programs for CBC, Syfy, NBC, YTV, CBS, Hallmark, and many independent productions. He is a produced playwright, composer, teacher, and multiple Betty Mitchell Award winner. Christian is Casting Director and Voice Director at Six Degrees Music and Productions in Calgary where he makes his home with his wife Kelly, and beautiful sons Simon and Clay.
For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2012-18).
Braden has been an actor, playwright and arts educator for over a decade. Since beginning his career, teaching theatre with Quest, arts education has always been a part of his professional life. He has worked with and taught young-people of all ages, ranging from toddlers to university students. Recently, he has been an educator, for three consecutive years, as part of ArtsTrek, a theatre education program for high school age students looking for university level theatre training. As an actor and playwright he has been nominated for multiple Betty Mitchell Awards, winning in 2015 for his performance in The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Thanks to Rhett, Dex, Marc-Émile, Julianne, Sienna, Jaya, Robyn, Kelsey, Nicole, Fionn and all the young people who Braden has taught or worked with over the years; the thing is, they made him a better artist too.
For Theatre Calgary: The Crucible, W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid, The Miracle Worker.
Karen is a Calgary-based actor, director, improviser and educator. She’s also the founder and Artistic Producer of Dirty Laundry, the COMPLETELY IMPROVISED Comedy Soap Opera, now in its 20th season, Monday nights at Lunchbox Theatre. Karen’s mom doesn’t like biographies that are just ‘lists’, so she pauses here to say that her mom used to play the bagpipes. Karen is the Administrative Director of Artstrek, Theatre Alberta’s summer drama camp for teens. (Ask her about it!) Karen loves Kevin, Griffin and Neil Diamond.
For Theatre Calgary (selected): A Christmas Carol (1983, 1990, 1994, 2014), Liberation Days, To Kill A Mockingbird, Our Town, Romeo and Juliet.
Duval has been very active in the dynamic growth of the Calgary theatre community for over 40 years. He was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Quest Theatre, a prominent Canadian theatre for young audience company for 25 of those years and is now a busy freelance actor and director working across the country. He is a core founding member of the upstart Black Radish Theatre, whose recent production of Waiting For Godot received significant acclaim. Duval has been recognized with Betty Mitchell (Calgary) and Stirling (Edmonton) nominations and awards for his work and is a recipient of the Harry and Martha Cohen Award for significant and long-term contribution to theatre in Calgary.
Theatre Calgary debut.
Select Credits Include: Blackbird (Verb Theatre), Timmy, Tommy, and the Haunted Hotel (Pape & Taper Productions), Silence & the Machine (Theatre BSMT), Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lethbridge Shakespeare in the Park) and eight Theatre for Young Audiences productions for New West Theatre. As a playwright, her work has won and been short listed for awards from Theatre BC, the Alberta Playwriting Competition, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, Ottawa Little Theatre, and the Herman Voaden Prize. Along with singer-songwriter Kathryn Smith, Camille was selected for the 2018-2019 New Musical Program at Alberta Musical Theatre Company (Alberta Opera), which culminated with the world premiere of their original musical, Baba Yaga. She is the recipient of the Allied Arts Council’s Young Artist Award and is a Betty Mitchell Award nominee. Camille is also the co-host of internet favourite comedy podcast, The CineVals, analyzing the filmography of Val Kilmer, which can be found at www.boathausstudios.com
For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2011-18), Twelfth Night, The Audience, The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Overcoat.
Recent Projects Include: Premieres of Ryan Griffith’s The Boat, Fortune of Wolves (Theatre New Brunswick); Premieres of Aaron Bushkowsky’s adaptations of Farewell, My Lovely, The Big Sleep, and Lucia Frangione’s The Thin Man (Vertigo); and the premiere of The Old Trout’s Ghost Opera (Calgary Opera/The Old Trout Puppet Workshop). Graham is a New Brunswick native who makes his home in Calgary with his wonderful wife Jamie, feisty Pomeranian Pepper, and 3 week old son Thatcher.
Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan
For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2003, 2013-18), The Secret Garden, Crazy for You (Citadel co-pro), Pride and Prejudice (NAC co-pro), Mom’s the Word – For Crying Out Loud, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Citadel co-pro), A Streetcar Named Desire, Song and Dance, Anne of Green Gables (1994), Evita (1993), Hamlet.
Elsewhere: Actor – All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo & Juliet, The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Company/Hit & Myth); Waiting for the Parade, The Hobbit (ATP); A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Suite Surrender, Chicago, Glorious! (Stage West); Sweeney Todd, Gaslight (Vertigo); Avenue Q, August: Osage County, Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Cabaret (Citadel); Gypsy (Mayfield); Six seasons with One Yellow Rabbit. Director – Love’s Labours Lost (The Shakespeare Company), Madagascar (Storybook); Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West). Elizabeth is the recipient of several Betty Mitchell Awards and an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award. Love and thanks to George and A.J.
For Theatre Calgary: Assistant Director/Choreographer - Rough Crossing. Actor - A Christmas Carol (1990, 1993, 1995), Anne of Green Gables (1994), Evita (1993), Pal Joey.
Mark is extremely happy to be directing at Theatre Calgary, and to be opening the season with such an incredible team working on this hilarious play! Recent directing credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Stage West), The Real Inspector Hound (Bright Young Things), Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (Vertigo Theatre) and Undercover (Spontaneous Theatre/Tarragon Theatre/Vertigo Theatre). Mark is also formerly the Artistic Producer of Lunchbox Theatre (2014-2017) and the Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre (2004 – 2012). He has been honoured with numerous awards for his work as a director, choreographer, and artistic administrator, including the 2006 Greg Bond Memorial Award, the 2012 Harry and Martha Cohen Award and in 2013 was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the arts in Alberta. Next up, Mark will return to Theatre Calgary onstage in their new production of A Christmas Carol. Much gratitude to Stafford Arima for this wonderful experience.
Anton de Groot
For Theatre Calgary: The Shoplifters (Lighting Design), Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (Associate Lighting Design).
Anton is a set, light, and sound designer, and an architectural lighting consultant based in Calgary. Select credits include: Brontë: The World Without, HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island (Stratford Festival); Nine Dragons, Dracula: the Bloody Truth!, The Hollow, The Thin Man (Vertigo); GIANT, Reverie (Ghost River); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Baskerville!, Jersey Boys (Stage West); Smoke, Sequence, Crime Does Not Pay, In the Wake, Good Fences (Downstage); The Circle, Cockroach, Charlotte’s Web, Waiting for the Parade (ATP); Macbeth, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well (The Shakespeare Company). Anton received the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Light Design for Macbeth (TSC – 2016), All’s Well That Ends Well (TSC – 2017) and Nine Dragons (Vertigo – 2018), and Outstanding Set Design for Travels With My Aunt (Vertigo – 2014) and Crime Does Not Pay (Downstage – 2017). In 2017, Anton was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine. Up next: Mamma Mia! at Stage West, then Whispers in the Dark and Clue at Vertigo. See more at adegroot.ca.
For Theatre Calgary: Shakespeare by the Bow (2012-2018), Blow Wind High Water, The Crucible, One Man, Two Guvnors, King Lear.
Deitra resides in Calgary and has been designing theatre, dance, film, and TV across the prairies for well over a decade. She is an awarded designer who was educated both at Grant MacEwan University and ACAD, where she holds a B.F.A. Her career in design has allowed her to work with some of the best companies in the country with notable selected credits including: Dracula: the Bloody Truth!, Calamity Town, Sherlock Holmes, Sweeney Todd, The 39 Steps (Vertigo); Intimate Apparel, Legend Has It, playRites 2013 (ATP); Evil Dead: The Musical: ’09, ’10, ‘12 (GZT/H&M); Farewell My Lovely, The Penelopiad (Arts Club). Congrats to the cast and crew and biggest love to a.b. for all his love and support!
For Theatre Calgary: More than 45 productions since 2000 including The Scarlet Letter, Mary and Max – A New Musical, Honour Beat, The Secret Garden, Twelfth Night, Blow Wind High Water, The Audience, Skylight, Bad Jews, The Crucible, Liberation Days (WCT co-pro), One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mountaintop, Enron, To Kill a Mockingbird, seven seasons of Shakespeare by the Bow and 15 years of A Christmas Carol.
Elsewhere: Jane has also worked for ATP, is the Voice & Dialect Consultant for Vertigo Theatre and the Voice & Text Coach for The Shakespeare Company. She has taught at such institutions as York University, Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, MRU, UofC, and UofA.
Karl H. Sine
For Theatre Calgary: Fight Director (selected) – The Scarlet Letter, A Christmas Carol (2016- 18); As You Like It, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare by the Bow); King Lear (Bard on the Beach co- pro), Liberation Days (WCT co-pro). Actor – A Christmas Carol (2011, 2013-17), The Crucible, Pride and Prejudice, Enron, Much Ado About Nothing.
Elsewhere: Selected Fight Director – Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Equivocation, Othello (The Shakespeare Company); I’ll be Back Before Midnight, The Game’s Afoot (Vertigo); Selected Actor – Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Vertigo). Macbeth, Equivocation, Othello (The Shakespeare Company). Karl has received four Betty Mitchell Awards – three for Fight Direction and Best Actor for The Crucible. Karl is a Certified Fight Director with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. Thanks to Lindsey and their wonderful kids Olivia, Charlie and Zachary.
For Theatre Calgary: Stage Manager – Mary and Max - A New Musical, The Secret Garden, Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol (2015-18), Blow Wind High Water, The Audience, ‘da Kink in my Hair (NAC co-pro), Bad Jews, The Shoplifters, Dear Johnny Deere. Assistant Stage Manager - One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mountaintop, A Christmas Carol (2012-14), Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Elsewhere: Stage Manager – 1979 (ATP); Calamity Town (Vertigo); The Surrogate, Shopaholic Wedding Bells, Whimsy State (Lunchbox); The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites (Mermaid Theatre tours of Canada/USA/Ireland/ South Korea & Singapore); How it Works (Mulgrave Road). Assistant Stage Manager – The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, Dust, The Valley, Intimate Apparel, Drama: Pilot Episode, Thinking of Yu (ATP); Marion Bridge (The Company Theatre); Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show (2012-18).
For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2015-18), The Light in the Piazza, The Shoplifters.
Select Highlights: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Murder for Two, Rock of Ages, Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, Avenue Q, Chicago, The 39 Steps (Stage West); After Jerusalem, If I Weren’t With You, Dad’s Piano (Lunchbox Theatre). I am so happy to be back at Theatre Calgary for Noises Off! It is an absolute joy to be working with such an incredible group of people on one of my favourite shows! Special thanks to my friends and family who have supported and loved me through the years.
For Theatre Calgary: Mary and Max – A New Musical.
Elsewhere: Chandler is excited to be back at Theatre Calgary working with such an amazing cast and crew! Previous credits include: Deathtrap, The Lonely Diner, Undercover, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (Vertigo); Tribes (University of Lethbridge); Hamlet: A Ghost Story (The Shakespeare Company/Hit & Myth). Big thanks to her amazing parents and friends for their continued support and unending love.
For Theatre Calgary: Actor - As You Like It (Shakespeare by the Bow).
Select directing credits include C**K (ACT); Bright Lights (Theatre BSMT); Breathe (Ignite Festival/Sage Theatre); Still Stands the House (Wick Productions); and The Monument (Theatre of Consequence). They were involved with the creation and performances of This is How I Left (Third Street Theatre) and How to Disappear Completely (Ghost River Theatre). They were recently nominated for a Betty Mitchell award for their work in The Virgin Trial (ATP). Upcoming projects include directing the Canadian Premiere of The Boy From Oz (Front Row Centre). They thank their family and Alix for their love and support. GOD IS GOOD! @conradbelau
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